428 views on eating cheaply

I stum­bled upon a blog entry at kuro5hin: “Guide to Eat­ing on a Shoe­string Bud­get”, which includ­ed a easy-to-pre­pare recipe of mix-and-match meats and veg­gies. The cutest thing about this post is that is spawed 427 respons­es — each with their own opin­ions regard­ing and recipes for cook­ing on the cheap…a trea­sure trove of great advice. I don’t know why I found this so endearing…but it bright­ened my day nonetheless.


I sat­is­fy some inex­plic­a­ble curios­i­ty by peek­ing in a per­son­’s light­ed win­dow at night (and no, I don’t stalk…we’re talk­ing about a quick glance while dri­ving by a house)…somethig fas­ci­nat­ing about steal­ing a half-sec­ond peek into a life not remote­ly con­nect­ed to your own. Equal­ly delight­ful is look­ing at oth­er peo­ple’s gro­cery lists, and there are lists a‑plenty at grocerylists.org, the largest online col­lec­tion of found gro­cery lists. There’s some­thing so per­son­al about the food that peo­ple buy (and the way they express their pur­chas­ing plans via the gro­cery list)…not to men­tion some of them are down­right funny.

There are a few oth­er web­sites that fea­ture “found” per­son­al objects of strangers (let­ters and such)…perhaps I should make a list of them sometime.

empathy & law

I haven’t post­ed any­thing of philo­soph­i­cal inter­est for a while. Since I am pre­sent­ing a paper today on empa­thy and law (which, by the way, I am VERY ner­vous about), I decid­ed to post the paper up here (for what it’s worth). Kind of cheat­ing (since it isn’t an offi­cial “post”), but…fresh phi­los­o­phy nonetheless.

Here it is…hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think.

the veracity of polling methods

The polls that attempt to pre­dict who vot­ers are like­ly to elect only sur­vey “like­ly vot­ers”. Who are like­ly vot­ers? Tak­en from jluster.org , “like­ly vot­ers” must meet the fol­low­ing criteria:

  • Have been in his or her place of res­i­dence for at least 4 years, that is has to have been reg­is­tered to vote from the same loca­tion last time around.
  • Has to have vot­ed last time around.
  • Has to have a land-line (poll­sters are not allowed to call cellphones)
  • and be near this land-line, will­ing to pick up the phone and take a sur­vey between the hours of 8am and 7pm.


banished words list

Here you can find a com­plete list of “ban­ished words”- orga­nized by year — from decades past through the present (such as “irre­gard­less” and “bling bling”). Hours of idle fun. My favorite: “fruit­wor­thy”.

Ban­ished by whom? Some obscure word-ban­ish­ing selec­tion com­mit­tee I’ve nev­er heard of. Ban­ished from what? Not sure…since most of these words are still part of the com­mon vernacular.

redecorated (again)

Why can’t I leave my blog tem­plate alone? I spend more time fid­dling with the look of my blog than I do actu­al­ly writ­ing con­tent. Ah…oh, well. You must admit how­ev­er, that my new look is unbear­ably sweet…and min­i­mal­is­tic. My two favorite aes­thet­ic properties!

Though, pos­si­bly, the urge to redec­o­rate was prompt­ed by my need to write a paper (fem­i­nist-relat­ed, which I must present on Friday…gah!), and my doing so was yet anoth­er pathet­ic attempt to pro­cras­ti­nate writ­ing. Absolute­ly nerve-wracking…my paper is on fem­i­nism and law, and I know next to noth­ing about either sub­ject. I think I’m going to be sick.

For past posts regard­ing what this pre­sen­ta­tion is for and why I am doing it please look here and here.